• The Brian Greer Story

    Posted by on January 26th, 2013 · Comments (0)

    He’s an interesting story, from what I can tell.

    Brian Greer was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 1st round of the 1977 amateur draft. In fact, he was the 8th overall selection of the draft.

    He struggled in Low-A ball that season, after signing. Nonetheless, the Padres called him up in 1977 and he got into one game where he batted once and struck out (at the age of 18).

    The next two seasons weren’t that much better for him. He played Double-A in 1978 and 1979 and was not tearing up the league with the bat, by any stretch of the imagination. Although, he did manage to get into a few big league games in 1979.

    He continued to stink in 1980 and 1981 down in the minors. However, in 1982, at the age of 23, playing at both Double-A and Triple-A, he was a three-outcome role model. All told, he batted 566 times and had 31 homers, 103 walks and 202 strikeouts. Combined, his BA/OBA/SLG line was .252/.393/.535 (to go along with 99 RBI that season).

    Of course, this was 1982 and sabermetrics wasn’t what it is today. And, for some reason, in 1983, he was sent to A-Ball where he only played in 73 games and was striking out at an alarming pace.

    The story ends there. He was out of organized baseball after 1983 at the age of twenty-five.

    And, today, he and Phil Coke are the only two players drafted from Sonora High School in La Habra (California) to go play in the major leagues.

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